The city's premiere mall, North Star draws shoppers from all over the state and from as far away as Mexico. Anchored by Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Dillard's, the mall is also home to smaller stores such as Talbots and the Disney Store. The mall bustles with activity year round and even offers valet parking during the holiday season.
The historical center and heart of the city's Mexican culture, the square is the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico. Here you can dine on Mexican food at one of several cafes, enjoy the lively sounds of Mariachi bands and buy wonderful blankets, clothes, leather and metal goods and much more, imported from just south of the border. The square plays host to many cultural events and fairs throughout the year, including Fiesta del Mercado (Party of the Market) in April and Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November.
San Antonio's newest shopping hot spot is a former cement plant, now renovated into a ready mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. Anchor stores include Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Earth Provisions. The centerpiece is the enormous Quarry Market Movie Theater, which features more than eight screens with first-run selections. Enjoy specialty shopping at Restoration Hardware, Whole Foods Grocery or Pottery Barn. After dining at one of the center's restaurants, which include J. Alexander's and California Pizza Kitchen, be sure to enjoy a scoop of Amy's Ice Cream. This is a sprawling and diverse shopping center where you're sure to find whatever you want or need.
Just a short drive out of the city, you'll find some of the best barbecue in this part of the state. Rudy's is housed in what resembles an old country store and the rows of picnic tables inside and out of the restaurant are filled with diners almost any time of day. After dining, wander through the general store to stock up on snacks. You can even fill up your gas tank outside.
If you intend to spend a fun day with your family, La Villita, the historical arts village is just perfect for you. There are so many things to do that your day will end in no time. If you are an art freak, the galleries here will interest you, as well as the River Art Show in October. There are many restaurants so you can just pick one that suites your taste. A must visit for all guests is the church with beautiful stained glass windows and the museum in building nine. If you plan on taking some souvenirs back home, don't forget to visit the gift shops.
One of the largest flea markets in Texas, Traders Village is the favorite shopping destination for the locals. Browse through extensive collections of new and used furniture, original artworks, pet supplies, baby items, electronics, groceries and even auto accessories among other items. Featuring more than 100 vendors The diverse variety of goodies on offer ensure that there is something to suit every kind of taste, preference and budget. The market is also plays host to various events, concerts and celebrations. If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, head to Traders Village and get ready to have a great time.
Pearl Brewery is the perfect shopping destination to spend fun and enjoyable time with your family. This extensive shopping center houses Culinary Institute of America and Pearl Farmers Market. The spacious and comfortable center has a perfect mix of retail outlets, restaurants, farmers market, amphitheater,green spaces and dining places. Pearl Brewery also has Pearl Stable and the Pearl Studio, which are not be missed out on. Visit the website for more details.
Dillard's is a welcoming brand for one and all featuring a wide range of clothing for men, women and children. The collection includes apparels like pants, shirts, tops, gowns and cocktail dresses for women. You can also find cowboy boots, shoes and a beautiful selection of accessories like handbags, jewelry and more. Other items include branded cosmetics and beauty products.